Irish cricket is mourning the passing of former player and team manager Ray Torrens aged 72.

The Derryman was an accomplished right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler, making his debut for Ireland in the summer of 1966 against Middlesex.

Torrens went on to win 30 caps before retiring in 1984. He became president of the Irish Cricket Union in 2000, and in 2004 was appointed the Ireland men's team manager, a role he held for 12 years.

"I am greatly saddened to learn of the loss of our great friend, Roy Torrens," said Ross McCollum, chair of Cricket Ireland.

"Roy was a truly remarkable character, an immense presence in Irish cricket, and a truly great friend - not just personally, but to many people within and outside the cricket family.

"He was a player, a team manager, a President and - most importantly - an inspiration to all he met.

"It goes without saying, but we will miss him greatly and our hearts go out to Joan, the family and his friends at this time."